American Honda today announced that the 2019 CB300R, first unveiled at the Milan EICMA show last November, will be made available here in the U.S. in July 2018. Like its big brother, the CB1000R, the CB300R features what Honda calls “Neo-Sports Café” styling, and is powered by Honda’s existing 286cc single wrapped in an all-new tubular and pressed steel frame.
The 286cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC single-cylinder engine is the same as that used in the CBR300R, CB300F and Rebel 300, but Honda says the CB300R’s has a new intake and exhaust design that reduces air resistance for more linear throttle response. Up front is a beefy (for such a small bike) 41mm inverted fork, and the single 296mm floating front disc is squeezed by a radial-mount Nissin 4-piston brake caliper. An IMU-based ABS system is optional. It sports a full LCD dash and all-LED lighting as well.
If none of this impresses you, the claimed curb weight of only 313 pounds should at least catch your attention (317 lbs. with ABS). That’s 35 pounds lighter than its CB300F sibling–darn near dirt bike territory, weight-wise. And with a reasonable seat height of 31.5 inches, the CB300R should be plenty approachable for newbies and smaller riders.
Honda says we can expect to see the bike in dealerships in July 2018, in two colors, Chromosphere Red and Matte Gray Metallic. MSRP is $4,649 for non-ABS and $4,949 for the ABS-equipped model.